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Lynda Sovocool

Finance and Human Resource Manager

Lynda Sovocool

Space Sciences Building, Room 106


Serves as principal finance manager for two organizations – Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science, andthe Department of Astronomy.  Act as primary contact between center/departmental faculty, and staff and the business service center. Provide comprehensive financial/administrative services in procurement, financial accounting, and reporting. Responsible for post-award budget management. Works closely with University accounting office and center/department to resolve  complex problems and to determine best processes for payments, etc.  Collaborates with center/departmental faculty and staff to develop business knowledge of each policy to assure appropriate judgment in accomplishing administrative activities. Review monthly transactions, initiates required adjustments and prepares various financial status reports. Prepare budget projections and planning reports. Ensure appropriate handling and back-up documentation for all transactions. Resolve  complex problems with transactions. Approve new accounts, general error corrections, requisitions, all business process forms, and  process effort certification forms. Serve as human resource manager for the center and department. Responsible for departmental and center searches, leave accruals, appointment renewals, and all human resource communications and functions. Responsible for center and department payroll. Serves as liason with the International Students and Scholars Office regarding foreign nathonals. Consults and assists foreign visitors, new staff, and students with all aspects of the visa process. 


  • Astronomy
  • Carl Sagan Institute